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L.A. Times Building Locked Down, Man With Ammo Arrested

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No one was injured and one man is in custody after police received reports of a gunman in the L.A. Times building downtown.

Matthew Lowes, 28, an employee of call center VXI Global Solutions that rents space in the building, was reprimanded by his boss Friday afternoon, City News Service reports. Lowes then went into his supervisor's office with a bag of ammunition, and said he was carrying a gun.

"I'm not afraid to shoot people, but I don't want to go to jail," Lowes allegedly told his boss.

The building was locked down and around 7:30 the LAPD raided the building. Lowes was taken into custody around 8:20. Police found ammunition in Lowes' locker, but weren't able to find a weapon during the incident.

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The L.A. Times live-tweeted the whole ordeal, of course.